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About 'Cesca

An original pioneer of the casual upscale dining scene on the Upper West Side since 2003, featuring contemporary farm-to-table Italian-American cuisine that explodes with flavor and freshness. Housemade pastas, poultry, steaks, seafood, wood-burning oven, artisanal cocktails and an Award Winning wine-list, all complementing this warm rustic environment.

164 W. 75th St.
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Wed 4:30 pm–11:00 pm
Thu–Sat 4:30 pm–11:30 pm
Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 4:30 pm–7:30 pm

Cross Street:
Amsterdam

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 787-6300

Website:
http://www.cescanyc.com/

Catering:
Our catering team can prepare and serve a sit down lunch, dinner or a grand buffet for your guests or entertain guests for a cocktail party - all done expertly in your home or at 'Cesca. Pricing available upon request.

Parking Details:
Parking lot available on 75th between Amsterdam and Broadway.

Public Transit:
1,2,3 to 72nd and Broadway and C train to 72nd and Central Park West.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Next to Beacon Theatre

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Private Dining

At Cesca we have a wide variety of options for large groups. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your next special occasion a memorable one!

'Cesca Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (50)
Pre/post Theatre (50)
Special Occasion (43)
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Good for a Date (37)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Groups (27)
Romantic (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Casual (21)
Cozy (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Business Meals (19)
Authentic (15)
Fun (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Hot Spot (11)
Healthy (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Seasonal (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
People Watching (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Live Sports (4)
Organic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined a day ago

We were so looking forward to a great Italian meal on the Upper West Side. It was a Sunday night and the restaurant was about 1/3 full at 7 PM. While we were seated right away and our water glasses were filled twice, it was over 10 minutes before our server came to take our drink order. When he delivered our drinks, he said he would be back right away to let us know about the specials. About 10 minutes later the manager came and simply asked us for our order.We never saw our server again until our meal plates and second drink glasses were cleared, once again by management and support staff. The food was mediocre but the service was the worst we’ve had in the city. Very disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Epitome of an UWS gem!
Great new decor!
We can't wait to return!

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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

The food was delicious. Pasta fresh hand made and perfectly cooked. We will definitely be heading back here again and are mad we didn’t make it back sooner!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

Always good food and nice atmosphere. We love 'Cesca!

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined a day ago

I must say that we were extremely impressed with this place in terms of the food - I had the branzino, my wife had the pork chop & my mother-in-law had the duck special - all of the dishes were outstanding! All wonderfully prepared, not over salted or over seasoned. A tremendous asset for the UWS!

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·Dined a day ago

Despite the weather it was a great experience. This is a beautiful restaurant with very friendly staff. The food was fabulous.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The bar area is way too loud to enjoy a nice meal, and it's really expensive now (my entree was $40), hard to justify in that noisy environment.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was excellent but it took almost 1 hour between appetizers and main course. Had to get management to speak to chef about where our food was. They did comp us a bottle of wine but the attitude of the chef was terrible and i would go back but not for awhile

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Our dinner was just amazing and above all our expectations. The menu is so creative with lots of taste. And the attention to details is just perfect and not at all overwhelming. Definitely an experience to be repeated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Interesting and tasty food, totally worth the experience. Unusual winelist - a lot of age on many bottles with a price tag to match. Intimate atmosphere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Really fun meal. Seasonal products. Italian influence. Really friendly attentive chef. Highly recommended. :)

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

One of the finest dining experiences I’ve had. Would recommend to anyone and everyone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food and a great team. It is a pleasure to see them working in the open kitchen. Very relaxed absolutely impressing.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was very good, but the service, not so much. We were served in a timely fashion, but that’s were the good experience ended. The waiter essentially disappeared after we were served the main course, did not come back to ask if we needed more to drink (we were all out of wine), did not come back to see if we wanted desert, and it took forever to get the check. We just sat there for what seemed like an eternity. With all the other options in the city, we will not be returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and service,'CESCA is a neighborhood favorite. The calamari in white wine appetizer was perfectly prepared as was my date's king prawns. Bravo!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The noise level is VERY high and it’s difficult to hear your colleagues across the table. Food is good not great. Service could certainly be improved 👿👿

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Very inviting and welcoming. Enthusiatic service, but a bit too loud for me.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Superb service and gracious staff. Food was brilliant. Made creative alternatives addressing my food allergies. Really went out of their way.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

A fantastic experience, multi faceted in terms of taste, texture and service and can even be a little overwhelming at first. Try to isolate a single element, or dish, or wine as the standout and I reckon you're missing the trick, it's the way they come together in front of you as your evening unfolds that's where the real magic lies. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Organic, Casual, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Live Sports, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Vegan, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Creative dishes presented with friendly service.
Perhaps the best wine pairing I’ve had.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing! Highly recommended. The staff is súper friendly and the food was just amazing!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Thank you guys so much for having us! It was a real pleasure to come and dine! Everything was absolutely delicious! Your meat section was especially impressive... the duck and the beef were outstanding!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

One of the best meals I've ever had. Everything was creative and delicious. The dinner was paced really well and each course flowed into the next nicely. My girlfriend and I don't always like "fine dining" type experiences, but this was very low-key in that regard. Definitely not pretentious or snooty in any way. The staff was amazing. They did not hover over us, but as soon as either of us were done with our course or our drink, someone was there to take away the plate or ask if we wanted another drink. They weren't hovering but they were clearly paying very close attention.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a great dinner here last night. Our appetizers were nice. Entrees were very good. Three of us had the organic chicken, and we all HIGHLY recommend it! Desserts were great, too. I am a dessert person. The chocolate lava cake wasdelicious. Hope to come back again soon!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Went with a long time friend for dinner last night - definitely upscale and crowded. We were seated promptly and allowed to catch up for a while before ordering. The caesar salad with kale was delicious -- easily enough for two people. The branzino was great, the chicken entree was delicious! Definitely coming back again soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We wandered by, poked our heads in and couldn't resist, again - it's really more beautiful inside. No reservation, so we had dinner at the bar.

The experience was again, amazing - probably our favorite place in NYC. Everything you want in a low-key, upscale venue was here, from the decor to the food. Unlike some of the other upscale places in the area, the staff here were very relaxed and nice while still doing a great job.

Some of the best drinks as well - once again, a very memorable time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

With a million choices on the UWS, why would someone go here three nights in a row? It's fantastic - terrific food, a great bar...and bartenders, cool decor, an enticing Happy Hour, all at a very fair price. Last night there was a DJ and the energy was just what this area needs! A little LIFE!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

It's hard to see from the street, but there's a very comfortable dining area towards the back of the restaurant. The food was excellent and they have a great selection of wines and lots of beers on tap. Great date spot or for pre-dinner drinks. Unpretentious and very good value for money. Thanks again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful evening- excellent well prepared and interesting presentations. The wait staff is super professional but not overly solicitous. Excellent menu options!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Great drinks and busy bar! Food is excellent, with a huge variety. It's a bit pricey but worth the treat! Dessert was rich, luscious chocolate and amazing! Great UWS place to meet friends. :)

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Wandered over for a late-night dinner at the bar. Wonderful choice - High end and contemporary, but not snooty or awkward.

I loved the food - wine was excellent; bartenders attentive and smooth.

A perfect spot! I would go there every night if I could.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Once again, we were most impressed with 'Cesca. Friendly word of advice...Must get reservations due to demand. Fine selection of appetizers, small plates and boards, pasta, risotto, great fish and steaks. Servers were very attentive and careful to get us served in a timely manner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We have been at 'Cesca several times and it is one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the NYC. The octopus appetizer is the best I have had. Excellent food. Great service. Delicious drinks.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent grill with a lovely atmosphere and a very convenient location. Accommodating staff to dietary requests

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

'Cesca is a long time staple on the UWS. The food is always excellent and the service is great. They are wonderful with children and they usually offer a number oftasty specials. We will continue to visit weekly!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Had another tasty dinner here. Who knew the UWS had this dimly-lit hidden gem. Love it here! Always warm and welcoming.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Just got lucky going here . Sat at the bar. Cool place with great lighting and good music. The bar is long and inviting. The service was quick and friendly. We had a bottle of Rose (not my choice) and it was good.
The place was busy so we ordered food right away. The bronzino was excellent- light and fresh. My husband had the steak which he said was delicious. Desserts looked so good but we had to run! Be back soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

It is such a pleasure to give this restaurant another Great Review! Everything from the welcoming greeting at the front door to a nice table to a great waiter and great food was perfect ! I live nearly and so many restaurants on the upper west side are disappointing . This is the best !!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Tried new dishes and they were great! I think we have been through most of the menu and have loved absolutely everything. This evening, we tried the specials dishes and they were fabulous. We shall be back soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Authentic Italian cuisine with an always-changing menu and a modern flair. There’s always something new and delicious to try. Highly recommend for lovers of fresh home made pasta cooked al dente.

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